In praise of the vaguely irrational

Anne Applebaum: “If some Americans walked away from their election-night party vowing to improve the world around them, maybe it doesn’t matter that their feelings about him were enhanced by his rock-star presence. If some foreigners are now inspired to work for greater ethnic and racial equality in their own societies, maybe it doesn’t matter that they know more about Obama’s good looks than they do about his health care policy.”

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